About the local hosting organizationPROJECT: Work camp will be situated not far from Saint Petersburg. Country Estates of the St. Petersburg region were built in 18-19 centuries. Among the owners, there were members of the royal family and famous public officials, military leaders, artists, composers, architects, writers, such as Vrangel, Repin, Nabokov, Rerikh. Many of country houses were damaged, especially the parks, landscapes and interiors. We want to bring the former meaning to the country estates as pieces of world heritage. Today the restoration of the country estates is an important task together with the renewal of their unique parks. We expect the activity of our volunteers will help to achieve the following aims: to raise awareness among the local community regarding heritage and the importance their participation in preserving it . The workcamp will be mobile, it gives volunteers a great opportunity to learn more about historical background of estates, Russian arts and culture of the 19 centure.
About the volunteer workThe volunteers will be engaged in improving estates parks: take care of trees, mow the meadows, clean the hollows, sweep and clean the paths out of the garbage, etc. Volunteers will be working 5 hours per day 5 days a week under the supervision. During the workcamp volunteers will work on different sites: somedays volunteers will live and work on one estate, other days volunteers will visit and work on other country estates located in St-Petersburg region. The work will be combined with a cultural program.
Local accommodationHost organization provides a basic conditions: accommodation and food in St-Petersburg and in Leningrad region. Due he relocating status of the work camp, volunteers will live in different places (wooden house/school/office/dormitory/flat). More information will be announced in info list later.
About the project locationSt. Petersburg/Leningrad region. TERMINAL: Pulkovo International Airport is located about 17 km from the St.Petersburg center. We know that some of the volunteers have problems with the high cost of tickets to Saint Petersburg. We would like to recommend them to find economy flights not to St. Petersburg, but to Riga or Helsinki or other Finland city. It is a very short way from Riga or Helsinki to our city not only by plane, but also by bus or trainLEISURE TIME: St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of Russia. The historical center of St. Petersburg is included in UNESCO World Heritage http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/540 Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg andRelated Groups Monuments . Volunteers will have an opportunity to visit numerous museums, theatres, galleries and exhibitions, country residences of Emperors, Grand Princes and grandees: Peterhof i city of fountains (www.peterhofmuseum.ru), Lomonosov, Tsarskoye Selo (www.tzar.ru), Pavlovsk (www.pavlovskmuseum.ru) and just restored palace in Gatchina.
RequirementsDates coincide with the work camp for Russian speaking volunteers, living in EU. Volunteers from both camps will meet for different kinds of activities. The museums fees and local transport expenses aren t going to be covered, volunteers will have to pay on their own. However, due to the euro-ruble currency this year the journey will be rather cheap. Volunteers should bring working clothes, gloves and sleeping bags. Besides, it would be great to take something special from their countries (photos, food or small flags and souvenirs) for international party in the work camp and use them for presentation their motherland. PRE CAMP 30/06/17 - 03/07/17 More information see in info list